Elegant Beauty: A Closer Look at Orchids

Lavender Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant from Topper's European Floral Design

Lavender Phalaenopsis Orchid Plant from Topper’s European Floral Design

Orchids are often identified as a symbol of refinement and innocence, and their allure is undeniable. Let’s take a closer look at these amazing and complex plants.

While orchids are fascinating to look at, their outward appearances barely scratch the surface of why these exotic beauties are like nothing else you’ll find in the plant world.

Orchids comprise the largest and most diverse family of flowering plants on Earth and boast over 25,000 different species along with nearly a quarter of a million hybrids – with more being discovered every day.

Most orchids are native to the tropics, but their incredible ability to adapt to nearly any environment means that they can be found anywhere in the world (except Antarctica) in almost every climate from the arctic tundra to the equatorial tropics and all points in between.

With so much variety in the different types of orchids, it’s no wonder why they’re a favorite among horticulturists and amateurs alike. Although some varieties of orchids can be difficult to grow, since there is such a wide variety of orchids to choose from, it’s easy to select an orchid that is suitable to thrive in the conditions you can provide. If you need help selecting a variety that is right for you, stop by and talk to one of our designers – we’re happy to help you find your perfect plant!

No matter if you’re an experienced green thumb or a novice who simply enjoys the elegant charm of orchids, these wonderful plants are sure to make you smile and appreciate the incredible beauty of nature. Stop by today and check out our selection of orchid plants; not only do they look great in every room in the home, but they make outstanding long-lasting gifts for any occasion. Be sure to keep them in mind for Administrative Professionals Week or Mother’s Day – both of which are coming up soon!

 
Here are 10 fun facts that you might not know about orchids:

  1. Vanilla is a member of the orchid family and vanilla beans are the only commercially grown orchid crop.
  2. Certain orchid species can live up to 100 years.
  3. Orchids have the smallest seeds in the world. They are so small that they appear to look like a speck of dust and can only be visible under a microscope.
  4. Some orchids have flowers that can last up to six months while other species only last for only a few hours.
  5. A fossilized bee dated 10 to 50 million years old showed ancient orchid pollen on its back, however, other fossilized evidence suggests that orchids have been in existence for around 100 million years or more.
  6. Similar to human faces, orchid flowers have bilateral symmetry, meaning they can be divided into matching halves by drawing a vertical line down the middle.
  7. Some species of orchids are parasitic and obtain their food from fungi living inside their roots.
  8. Depending on the species, orchids can be smaller than a dime, or they could weigh several hundred pounds.
  9. Due to their thick, heavy petals, orchid plants always grow upside down when mature.
  10. The first flowers on an orchid plant won’t appear until at least five to seven years after germination, so the orchid plants you buy in the flower shop are often a decade old.
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Are You Ready for Prom?

A vector illustration of teen in prom dress standing in front of a long limoIt’s that time once again; spring break is in the books and summer vacation is coming into sight, but who can think about summer when you’re busy planning your prom?

With so many choices to make for prom – from choosing the perfect dress to finding the right shoes, jewelry, and makeup – it’s not always easy to keep up with the latest styles and hottest trends that will have you looking incredible on this magical night.

But that’s not all!

Once the other tasks are completed and plans are made, you’re almost set for the big party, but don’t walk out the door and duck into the limo until you add the quintessential finishing touch – we’re talking about the flowers!

No prom dress is complete without a stunning corsage, and jacket lapels are way too plain without an eye-catching boutonniere. As they say, it’s all in the details!

What do I need, where do I find it?

With so many other important decisions to be made leading up to prom, the choices can sometimes be overwhelming and finding the right flowers to complement your dress or tux can leave your head spinning. Never fear! Like many of the other big decisions you make for prom night, choosing the perfect corsage or boutonniere is simply a matter of personal preference and should reflect your style and taste.

Fortunately, your friendly florists at Topper’s European Floral Design are experts at customization and have a keen eye to help take your look from stunning to perfection with the perfect floral accents.

Pink & White Corsage by Topper's European Floral Design

Pink & White Corsage by Topper’s European Floral Design

What are my options?

The choices are nearly endless when it comes to deciding which flowers are right for you, but we have plenty of experience and are happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. All we need to know are your colors and what kind of corsage you have in mind and we can take it from there.

Although it has become a popular trend to match the corsage with the boutonniere, it certainly isn’t necessary – besides, it’s your prom, do what you want! But if you do decide to color coordinate, or if you have some specific flowers in mind, feel free to bring your date in with you and pick them out together.

Don’t delay

It is often said that good things come to those who wait, but that isn’t always the case, especially when it comes to prom flowers. Since prom also falls during the height of wedding season and is near Mother’s Day, this is a very busy time of year in the floral industry.

Although the flowers may be the finishing touch to that perfect prom outfit, don’t wait until the last minute to pick out your flowers. Shopping early always provides you with a better selection and allows you more personal attention from our florists. We want you to look fabulous on your special night because it’s one you’ll never forget!